Mariyo Yagi’s ‘Light curtains’

Mariyo Yagi’s ‘Light curtains’

The ‘Garbo’ ceiling lamp was designed in 1976 by Mariyo Yagi and Studio Simon for Sirrah in Italy. It was selected for inclusion in the Tokyo National Modern Museum collection.The ‘Garbo’ lamp provides a screen-like separation similar to the concept of shoji-papered panels, where the division between internal and external is undefined. As in Mies van […]

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Meet Angelo Lelli

Meet Angelo Lelli

Italian designer-entrepreneur Angelo Lelli—also spelled “Lelii,” as indicated by in a surviving signature—founded the innovative lighting company Arredoluce in Manza, Italy, in the years surrounding World War II. Little biographical information on Lelli has survived, but some sources indicate he lived from 1911 to 1979. He was, nevertheless, an active and influential participant in the […]

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Ernest Igl; Beam Me Up Scotty!

Ernest Igl; Beam Me Up Scotty!

  Czech modern designer Ernest Igl was born in 1920 in Prague. After graduating from the Munich Academy of Visual Arts, he founded the IGL Studio in Munich. After World War II, he worked as a graphic designer, illustrator, and industrial designer. While information on Igl is limited, his 1970 Jet Desk has found renewed […]

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Willy Rizzo, Jet Set Furniture

Willy Rizzo, Jet Set Furniture

      Italian designer and photographer Willy Rizzo (1928-2013) first came to prominence in the 1960s as both a chronicler of and participant in La Dolce Vita, the glamorous, jet set lifestyle enjoyed by many international celebrities and socialites in the postwar era. While photography was Rizzo’s first love, in the 1970s he developed […]

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Angelo Mangiarotti

Angelo Mangiarotti

  Highly esteemed for his researched and controlled approach to materials, Italian architect, sculptor, and designer Angelo Mangiarotti was born in Milan in 1921. Having graduated from the Politecnico di Milano with an architecture degree in 1948, he moved to the United States in 1953. There, he held a visiting professorship at Chicago’s Illinois Institute […]

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Cini Boeri and her Strips Sofa

Cini Boeri and her Strips Sofa

Cini Boeri graduated from Milan Polytechnic in 1951 and, after a longstanding collaboration with Marco Zanuso, began her own professional career in 1963, working in the fields of civil architecture and industrial design. She has designed single family homes, apartments, exhibition displays, offices, shops both in Italy and abroad, paying particular attention to the functional […]

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History of the PH Artichoke

History of the PH Artichoke

Designed by Poul Henningsen more than 40 years ago, the PH Artichoke is a modern classic. Its original name in Danish was PH Kogle, which translates as conifer cone – to which it perhaps bears a closer resemblance. Anyway, fruit or veg, the Artichoke has 12 arches with 72 overlying leaves, placed so that you […]

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Discover the P40 by Borsani

Discover the P40 by Borsani

Following on the success of the D70 divan at the 10th Triennale Exhibition of 1954, Borsani began work on the idea of a mechanical joint that could allow an armchair the freedom of movement necessary to assume different positions, especially forrelaxation. The P40 was the ideological manifesto of Tecno design as seen by Borsani. Still […]

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